‘Glow’ Lights Up Georgetown Starting April 9


The seventh edition of Georgetown “Glow,” perfectly in sync with the arrival of spring weather in the District, will light up the neighborhood starting on Friday, April 9.

This year, there are two parts to “Glow.” The spring component will run through June 27 and the summer component from July 2 through Sept. 26. With five art installations in spring and three “alley activations” in summer, the theme is “the ray of light we all need.”

Here are the five places hosting “Glow” installations: Georgetown Lutheran Church, Georgetown Park Plaza, Grace Church, Georgetown Waterfront Park and Washington Harbour. On scheduled weekend nights, the artists who created the works will be stationed at their installations from 7 to 9 p.m. to answer questions.

Georgetown “Glow” is presented by the Georgetown Business Improvement District. The BID has put together lots of great options to get out and about, including a “Public Art in Georgetown: Glow & Murals” tour with DC by Foot. Tours run on Saturdays at 8 p.m. from April 10 through June 26, starting at the corner of N Street and Wisconsin Avenue and ending at the waterfront. Group size is limited and, best of all, the tours are name-your-own-price. Private tours are available on other evenings.

If you’re a budding photographer, you’ll want to check out “Glowing Photo Safaris” with Washington Photo Safari, led by architectural photographer E. David Luria. Washington Photo Safari will offer eight nighttime safaris from April through September. There will also be six daytime safaris that combine the daylight “Glow” installations with regularly scheduled “Georgetown by Land and Sea” safaris, ending with cruises along the Potomac River. Glowing Safaris will be offered on April 17 and 24 and May 7 and 14, all Saturdays, from 7:15 to 9:15 p.m. Tickets are $79. Strong tripods are suggested and any camera works, even a smartphone one.

For foodies, there’s a “Glow + Georgetown Food Tour” with Blue Fern Travel. It will feature the artists behind the installations, as well as the history and culinary culture of Georgetown. Walking tours with Washington Walks will come later this summer.

Established in 2014, “Glow” is our region’s only free, curated, outdoor public light-art experience. Typically held during the holiday season, it was pushed back to make things safer and more comfortable in response to the coronavirus pandemic. Locations were chosen with social distancing in mind and masks are required.

Click HERE for more information about this year’s “Glow” artworks and programming.

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